MacAlpine, January 2011
|Location||3621 MacAlpine Road, Ellicott City, Maryland|
|Area||0.7 acres (0.28 ha)|
|Architectural style||Second Empire|
|NRHP Reference #||04001382|
|Added to NRHP||December 23, 2004|
MacAlpine, is a historic home located at Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland, United States. It was built by wealthy Baltimore attorney, James Mackubin, for his second wife, Gabriella Peter, a great-great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. She grew up at nearby Linwood, the daughter of Maj. George Washington Parke Custis Peter, who was the second son of Martha Parke Custis Peter of Tudor Place, Georgetown. She attended the famed Patapsco Female Institute and was a leading society member in Maryland. She was a cousin of Robert E. Lee's wife and his children spent many summers here after his death. Gabriella was known to be gracious but demanding. She initially lived at nearby Grey Rock but refused to stay there long as her husband had shared that home with his first wife. Her daughters were unable to leave her side during her lifetime, especially after the accidental 1903 death of her youngest son, Parke Custis, rendering them middle-aged spinsters at the time of her death.
The Mackubins raised five children here:
- Ella Mackubin (1870–1956): unmarried;
- George Mackubin (1872–1964): married Maud Tayloe Perrin of Gloucester County, Virginia; He was the founder of what is now Legg Mason. Had issue: one son; two daughters (twins).
- Parke Custis Mackubin (1873–1903): unmarried; killed in a logging accident on his farm on Kent Island, Eareckson Farm. Had issue: one son.
- Emily Boyce Mackubin (1876–1946): unmarried; philanthropist.
- Mildred Lee Mackubin (1879–1938): married Arthur Gordon (after Gabriella's death) but no children.
The property was sold after the death of Emily Mackubin in 1946 and subsequently subdivided into the present neighborhood. The family is buried at nearby St. John's Church where they were active members.
It is a 2 1⁄2-story, three-bay by two-bay frame structure clad in novelty siding with corner boards, with a mansard roof covered with wood shingles. When built in 1868, the house had a low hip roof possibly changed to reflect the new mansard style as at her father's summer home, Linwood.
- MacAlpine, Howard County, including photo from 2003, at Maryland Historical Trust